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The powers of evil in Western religion, magic and folk belief

Author: Richard Cavendish
Publisher: London : Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1975.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author investigates supernatural agencies whichhave been involved over the ages with thought and belief in areas far beyond their own immediate spheres of suffering, harm and death. These beings and forces include the Devil and the demons of Christian tradition, the evil gods and spirits of paganism, malevolent ghosts, witches, vampires, nightmares, powers of the underworld and hell, giants, dragons and many  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Cavendish
ISBN: 0710081170 9780710081179
OCLC Number: 1688390
Description: ix, 299 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Richard Cavendish.

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The author investigates supernatural agencies whichhave been involved over the ages with thought and belief in areas far beyond their own immediate spheres of suffering, harm and death. These beings and forces include the Devil and the demons of Christian tradition, the evil gods and spirits of paganism, malevolent ghosts, witches, vampires, nightmares, powers of the underworld and hell, giants, dragons and many other sinister creatures of popular belief, as well as the two great evil and inescapable mechanism of death and fate. He examines recurrent themes and motifs in the context of the ancient world and medieval Europe as well as modern Europe and North America: the connection between evil and the animal world for example, the dread of being devoured, the links between death, evil and sex, the fear of disorder.

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